Socrates suggested a passive solar design for Greek houses. All openings faced south and roofs were angled north. Houses remained cool during summer since the roof provided shade, and warm during winter since the roof deflected cold north winds and sunlight entered through the south openings. dennisrhollowayarchitect.…
Russians eat ice cream in the winter to be warm edmontonjournal.com/news/…
, when Maxim Gorky arrived in the US in 1906, he initially received a warm welcome. President Roosevelt, Mark Twain et al. planned to meet him. But when it was reported that Gorky was accompanied not by his wife, but by his mistress, his hotel threw him out and he got cancelled. daily.jstor.org/revolutio…
Today I learned about a case report on a 19 year old wrestler who died after losing 9 pounds in 8.5 hours by exercising vigorously in a hot environment wearing a vapour-impermeable suit under a cotton warm-up suit. He resumed exercising 2 hours after the weight loss and died from cardiac arrest an hour later. cmaj.ca/content/158/9/117…
When weather turns cold, ladybugs look for a warm, secluded place to hibernate, such as in rotting logs, under rocks, or even inside houses. kids.nationalgeographic.c…
"Dead Cat Space" is an Auto Industry standard term for what engineers and designers call the area above the tire and below the fender. It got its name because the top of a car’s tire is often a warm place where cats seek to nap. detroitnews.com/story/bus…
Today I learned about the BΓΆΓΆgg, which is a giant snowman figure with a head full of a firecrackers that is burned as part of a spring festival every year in Zurich. The time it takes for the BΓΆΓΆgg's head to explode is supposed to predict how warm the summer will be. 🀯 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Earth's largest waterfall is... underwater. In the Denmark Strait, a warm sea collides with a cold sea, pushing the colder water over a very tall ridge β€” for nearly TWO MILES (3.2km). That's almost 4x longer than the biggest waterfall on land! From the surface, you wouldn't notice at all. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
Europeans in the 17th century once thought they could heal themselves by consuming human corpses. The remains were considered medicinal because they were believed to contain the spirit of the body they were taken from. Bone powder, human fat, and fresh, warm blood were in high demand. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The primary function of a bathroom vent fan is not for removing odors but to exhaust warm, moist air created from using the shower or bathtub which discourages mold growth. thespruce.com/why-you-nee…
The idea of St. Bernard rescue dogs wearing casks of brandy comes from an 1820 British painting. In fact, though alcohol makes one feel warm, it does so by dilating blood vessels, hastening hypothermia. The idea is like "rescuing a burn victim with a keg of lighter fluid and a book of matches." thedailybeast.com/the-myt…
During the winter months of December-April, over 10,000 humpback whales annually migrate to the warm, shallow waters of Maui to give birth and nurture their young in an area with no predators. This annual gathering is the world's densest humpback whale population. hawaiianpaddlesports.com/…
Even though a meteor may lose more than 95% of its mass entering our atmosphere due to high temperatures, by the time it reaches Earth’s surface, it is usually at best warm to touch, never hot enough to start fires. meteorites.ucla.edu/faq/
Warm blooded animals go into hibernation during winter while cold blooded animals go into brumation nature.discoveryplace.org…
After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Lithuania could not afford to send its men's basketball team to the 1992 Olympics, so the Grateful Dead sent the team colorful, free-flowing tie-dye warm-up jerseys with a flying, dunking skeleton, and the team took the bronze medal. thesmartset.com/article03…
Most people in the ancient city of Rome lived in apartment buildings that lacked kitchens. Thus most people relied on prepared food was sold at pubs, inns, and food stalls. Some establishments had counter tops fitted with openings for pots that may have kept food warm for extended serving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
FDR's first vice-president said the vice-presidency "isn't worth a pitcher of warm piss." His second VP, Harry Truman, said it was as "useful as a cow's fifth teat." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
"Plate tectonics is what modulates our atmosphere at the longest timescales. You need that to be able to keep water here, to keep it warm, to keep life chugging along." - Katharine Huntington Prof. U of Washington quantamagazine.org/plate-…
In London, one of Tower Bridge's ornate cast-metal lampposts is actually no lamppost: It's a remarkably-lamppost-like hollow flue. It was meant to vent coal smoke (from the stove in the room below decks where guards could warm up). atlasobscura.com/places/t…
Picasso was once so poor that he had to burn his own paintings to keep warm during winter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pab…
Our bodies respond more to changes in skin temperature than core temperature and a warm shower (about 33Β°C/91.4Β°F) will cool you down more than a cold shower. lifehacker.com.au/2020/03…
Today I learned of Laura Secord, a Canadian woman who walked 30 km (about 19 miles) to warm British troops about a planned attacked by US troops on Beaver Dams during the War of 1812. There is now a chocolate company named after her. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
The drawer under your stove is not originally intended for storing extra cookware, but for keeping cooked food warm during meal preparation. businessinsider.com/drawe…
A German shepherd named Talero stayed next to the body of his owner for 23 days, after he had died in a snow storm. He prevented animals from attacking the body, and tried to keep his owner warm by sleeping by his side. lifewithdogs.tv/2013/08/g…
In 1956 the Soviet Union had considered a plan to build a 55-mile dam across the Bering Strait, pump warm water into the Arctic Ocean, and thaw Siberia. neverwasmag.com/2017/04/t…
Mistaken for an April Fool's Day joke when declassified in 2004 was a British military program for a nuclear weapon codenamed Brown Bunny. (It was renamed Blue Bunny --then Blue Peacock.) To keep the electronics warm if winter-deployed, a proposal called for using body heat from live chickens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
During WWII, Russian soldiers took β€œheat pills” that kept them warm in the winter; however, they would also lose weight despite eating well. 2,4-dinitrophenol spikes metabolic rate as potential energy is lost as heatβ€”it is banned as a weight loss aid (U.S.) as overdose can cook people to death. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Bees don't poop in the hive. Over the winter, it builds up because they stay out of the cold. On warm winter days, they will all fly out at the same time on what are called "cleansing flights." mudsongs.org/category/beh…
Adolf Frederick, a former king of Sweden, died after gorging on lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, and 14 servings of semla, a Swedish pastry, served in bowls of warm milk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
In Russia. A cat saved an abandon baby by covering him and keeping him warm and meowed loudly to get the attention of a passersby. nypost.com/2015/01/15/her…
Great White sharks are warm-blooded thesuperfins.com/are-shar…
Most homes in California don't have basements. This is because basements are primarily for keeping pipes below the frost line so they don't freeze when it's cold out. Warm climates don't have this problem, thus no need for a basement. finehomebuilding.com/1998…
In 1956, the Soviet Union proposed to the US a joint bi-national project to warm the Arctic Ocean and melt some of the ice cap, by building a 90-kilometer-wide (56 mi) dam across the Bering Strait wikipedia.org/wiki/Bering…
Today I learned of the 1940 Armistice Day Blizzard. Unseasonably warm temperatures of 65Β°F in mid-November were followed by one of the worst blizzards in Midwest history which created drifts more than 20 feet high. The blizzard ultimately killed more than 150 people and allegedly 1.5 million turkeys. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
It’s hypothesized that warm-bloodedness evolved in mammals and birds because it provided defense against fungal infections. Very few fungi can survive the body temperatures of warm-blooded animals. By comparison, insects, reptiles, and amphibians are plagued by fungal infections. wikipedia.org/wiki/Warm-b…
There is an exclusive club in Antarctica called Club 300. In order to become a member one have to warm themselves in a 200 degree sauna, and then run outside naked and touch the Ceremonial South Pole where it's 100 degrees below. theatlantic.com/internati…
During a police standoff with a suspected murderer in 2010, former England footballer Paul Gascoigne turned up with a "can of lager, some chicken, a mobile phone and something to keep warm" for the suspect. theguardian.com/uk/2010/j…
In the 1950s there was a British plan to plant nuclear mines in Germany to prevent a potential Soviet invasion with the mines being kept warm in the winter using live chickens. The idea was considered so outlandish it when it was declassified it was thought to be an April Fools joke.. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Bed headboards were first used to keep sleepers warm and were constructed to create space from the wall to allow falling colder air to sink to the floor rather than onto the bed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
When King Charles I was executed in 1649, he wore warm clothing so that he would not β€œshiver in the cold and look afraid to the audience.” bbc.com/news/education-51…
The idea of St. Bernard rescue dogs wearing casks of brandy comes from an 1820 British painting. In fact, though alcohol makes one feel warm, it does so by dilating blood vessels, hastening hypothermia. The idea is like "rescuing a burn victim with a keg of lighter fluid and a book of matches." thedailybeast.com/the-myt…
10 Downing Street in the 19th Century was guarded by two men who would sit outside the building in leather chairs, armed with a pistol. Each chair featured a drawer filled with hot coals to keep the guards warm, and a sphere-shaped hood to protect from the weather and improve acoustics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_…
Villagers knitted gigantic "sweaters" for rescue elephants during a cold snap in Mathura, India. The co-founder of the elephant sanctuary said it's vital to keep rescue elephants warm as the abuse they suffered makes them more susceptible to illness, and the cold aggravates their arthritis. mymodernmet.com/elephant-…
At the temperature -20Β°C or below Emperor Penguins form a huddle (like rugby players) to stay warm. The temperature inside the huddle sometimes gets so hot (37Β°C) that some penguins come out and eat ice to cool off a bit. bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
Today I learned of the TiΓ³ de Nadal, a character of a smiling log in Catalan mythology relating to a Christmas tradition in which in the days preceding Christmas, children must take good care of the log, keeping it warm and feeding it, so that it will defecate presents on Christmas Day or Eve en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ti%…
Housewarming parties were literally thrown for people to bring wood and warm houses when moving in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
Palm trees are known to grow in the west of Scotland thanks to the effects of the Gulf Stream, which transports warm tropical water to the area. In contrast, the tree has proven notoriously difficult to grow in the colder east. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
Γ–tzi the Iceman's hiking boots where so well made that hikers today still found them to be very comfortable and warm. hikeforpurpose.com/the-hi…
Avocado, bay and cinnamon all belong to the the laurel family of flowering plants. Lauraceae comprises of about 2850 known species in about 45 genera worldwide. They occur mainly in warm temperate and tropical regions, especially Southeast Asia and South America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…

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